Ekiti PDP members raise fear of delegates security during primaries
Members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Ise-Orun Local Government of Ekiti State have expressed concern over security lives at the forthcoming primaries of the party that may hold in March, 2018.
They expressed the concern following the public support given to Deputy governor Olusola Kolapo by Governor Ayodele Fayose, that made him emerged as preferred governorship candidate for the election
Expressing their concern, Mr Faturoti Matthew who spoke on behalf of the members of the PDP in the local government, during a meeting with party leaders by an aspirant, Ambassador Dare Bejide, said there was need for assurance from the state government for safety of lives of the delegates.
He noted that not all the party’s delegates agreed with the adoption of the deputy governor as sole candidate of the party adding that such people must be allowed to make their choice without intimidation.Faturoti said that he was speaking for many members who have expressed their fear that people who have preference for other candidates might be victimised.
Responding, Bejide allayed their fear saying that such impunity cannot hold during the primaries. He added that the party’s national body would not also allow such incident to happen.The former Nigerian Ambassador to Canada and pioneer state secretary of the PDP in Ekiti state, urged Ise-Orun and Emure people to vote party members they know and trust.
He added: “Ours is a great party, when we started it in 1998, many didn’t support us and I was the first secretary, I have gained so much in this party. I pray you would benefit more than me. I am here to just greet you.
” You would have been hearing that someone’s hand was raised. But man proposes, God disposes. It is God who makes one a governor. By God’s grave we will succeed.
“The fight won’t be an easy one, we must work hard and pray. There will always be caucuses in parties, but it is now the turn of the Ekiti South-Senatorial district. The north has produced two governors in both Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi In Ekiti Central, they’ve enjoyed governorship three times. We have all agreed that it is now the turn of the south.
“One of our problems is that we haven’t allowed the man who knows how to do the job. In Ogun, those who have been ruling them are people who have been living with them and they know very well.
“In Ekiti, we have been choosing the wrong persons and rejecting those who, though have good character but do not have money.“Fayose met me in PDP. Segun Oni though nice man, but he is one of those who haven’t been living with us. I implore you, let’s vote for our friend, not one who we don’t know well.